WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES

The aim of the LSC workshop programme is to advance skills and knowledge across all the main traditional and contemporary art making disciplines by focusing on the material processes connected to the Centre’s resources.

The demystification of ‘technique’ brings new communities into the centre whilst supporting artists in the development of new ideas and processes. An integrated structure ensures workshops are connected and the movement between courses is both possible and encouraged. The more advanced levels attract artists in search of new combinations of materials and approaches as well as their application within diverse artistic or social contexts.

To book a place on any workshop, download a Booking Form and send it in to us with payment. If no price is displayed for a workshop, please email us and we will book you a place and send you the details closer to the time.

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME 2016 - Download PDF

Sat 30th & Sun 31st January 2016
Modelling The Head In Clay - From Life Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Participant: 6 Cost: €160

This module is open to beginners and those with some experience in clay modelling.
Students will learn to make an armature and model a head in clay from life.

Sat 6th & Sun 7th February 2016
Speed Painting - Approaches To Abstract Painting Master-Class
Tutor: Mary Theresa Keown. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 7. Cost: €140

This course will include a lecture giving examples of contemporary approaches to new formalist painting practice. The lecture is designed to encourage the student to consider news ways of using the medium and understand formalist concerns. After preparing the canvases a speed painting workshop will be demonstrated with the interaction of participants. This process encourages one to think about aesthetic and historical conventions and contemporary concerns of abstract language, where composition, palette, balance, surface and mark become the focus of the success of a painting.

Sat 13th & Sun 14st February 2016
Mouldmaking & Plaster Casting Of Head Workshop
(Stage 2 after participants have done the Modelling The Head In Clay Workshop)
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Participant: 6 Cost: €140

Students will be shown different ways to make plaster moulds (two/three piece) from which they will take hollow plaster casts. Examples of plaster cast finishes will be demonstrated.

Sat 20 - Sun 21 February 2016
Jewellery Making And Small Scale Metal Fabrication Workshop
Tutor: Fiona Mulholland & Soraya Ricalde. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5. Cost: €FULL

This jewellery and small-scale metal/mixed media fabrication course will be an opportunity to work in precious and non-precious materials. The course will explore a wide variety of jewellery making techniques in metal and including other materials such as acrylic and re-cycled will be facilitated. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning basic jewellery techniques and for those with some prior knowledge who want to improve existing skills.
The course covers essential techniques such as metal preparation/manipulation, soldering, forming, piercing, small hollow form construction including some basic surface textures such as metal hammering, mill-roll printing, and enamelling. Students will work through the design and execution of a piece/s of j7 and/or small-scale metal works with technical guidance. Materials such as copper sheet & wire, silver sheet & wire will be supplied. Students should come with sketchbooks and source material for design ideas.

Mon 22 - Tue 23 February 2016
Jewellery Making And Small Scale Metal Fabrication Workshop
Tutor: Fiona Mulholland & Soraya Ricalde. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5. Cost: €160

This jewellery and small-scale metal/mixed media fabrication course will be an opportunity to work in precious and non-precious materials. The course will explore a wide variety of jewellery making techniques in metal and including other materials such as acrylic and re-cycled will be facilitated. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning basic jewellery techniques and for those with some prior knowledge who want to improve existing skills.
The course covers essential techniques such as metal preparation/manipulation, soldering, forming, piercing, small hollow form construction including some basic surface textures such as metal hammering, mill-roll printing, and enamelling. Students will work through the design and execution of a piece/s of j7 and/or small-scale metal works with technical guidance. Materials such as copper sheet & wire, silver sheet & wire will be supplied. Students should come with sketchbooks and source material for design ideas.

Sat 27th & Sun 28th February 2016
Traditional Print Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Workshop
Tutor: Debra Bowden. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €150

Japanese woodblock printmaking is an ancient art form dating back to the 8th century. This beautiful technique of carving and printing from woodblocks is a non-toxic technique which uses watercolours and water based inks. The fine structure of Japanese papers enables hand burnishing with a baren (bamboo pad) instead of using a printing press.
This two-day workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience who would like to refresh their knowledge and improve their basic skills. Students will learn how to carve and print an edition of colour prints (maximum size: 23 x 15 cm) using the Japanese registration method of 'Kento'. Colours are printed in stages using the reduction block method (the block is carved appropriately for each colour). Students come with: students are asked to bring visual ideas in the form of drawings, photographs etc.

Sat 12th - Sun 13th March 2016
Traditional Printmaking Relief/Block Printing Workshop
Tutor: Deirdre Nolan. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6 Cost: €150

This course will demonstrate the techniques of relief printmaking using the lino block, and MDF. Over a two-day workshop transferring the image to the block, use of tools, blind embossing, chine colle, inking up and printing on the press and by hand will be shown. Individual tuition will follow as students go on to produce their own prints in one and two colour. The ability to create a print using hand tools makes this a very flexible technique to pursue without continued access to a print studio.

Sat 12th & Sun 13th March 2016
Sand Casting In Aluminium Workshop
Tutor: Kate Oram. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €160

Discover the ancient technique of sandcasting, see examples of what you can make, learn how to make a master pattern and then cast it in aluminium and then how to finish it. Advice on suitable patterns (flat-backed or two-part, with no undercuts) will be emailed to you. Everyday and found objects (bones, shells, nuts, household items) can lend themselves nicely to moulding, as well as your original sculpted patterns. You will be working with aluminium all weekend but working with other metals such as bronze will be discussed. Students come with: sturdy boots, a simple pattern (no undercuts). Beginners to intermediate.

Sat 2nd to Sun 3rd April 2016
Welding Workshop
Tutor: Michael O'Hara. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5 Cost: €200

The module was designed to introduce the student to Metal Crafts, which they can apply to their own requirements. Introduction to cutting and grinding techniques and uses of hacksaw; files; drills; hammers; grinders; chop-saw; sanders. Demonstrated competence in MMA/Arc welding including different weld joints – butt weld, lap weld and T-fillet. Students also attempt similar joints through the TIG welding process. They are shown how to measure and cut steel accurately. Focused upon working through projects set and realizing ideas from concept, design and articulation. Students come with: sturdy boots. Beginners to intermediate

Fri 1st to Sun 3rd April 2016
Stone Carving Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 7. Cost: €180

Students will be introduced to the principles of stone carving and design, the identification and uses of different stone and the use of hand tools. Each student will design and carve a simple form that they can take home with them. Students should come with sturdy boots. For beginners to intermediate.

Sat 9th & Sun 10th April 2016
Workshop In Vernacular Carpentry
Tutor: Niall Walsh. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €160

Participants will use locally sourced hazel and willow to construct simple stools and benches. Walsh will lead the group through the process of locating the raw materials and using hand tools to make furniture in the style of the 'cottage' tradition. This is a workshop in sustainability and will outline how the skill taught can be used to make a range of furniture and forms from the locality. Students come with: sturdy boots for walking in the wood.

Sat 9th & Sun 10th April 2016
Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Louise Rice. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 4 Cost: €210

These two-day workshops are designed for artists or crafts makers interested in exploring the creative potential of hot glass. Without any, or limited, previous experience participants will first be acquainted with a short history of the medium and the different equipment, tools and safety practices used in the hot glass studio. Operational procedures for using the electric furnace will be followed by practical gathering of hot-glass and the formation of simple shapes and forms using the blowing technique. Further finishing of work is carried out on the 'pontil' and finally transferred to the annealing oven. Towards the end of the course a general survey of more advanced techniques including flame-working, cold-working, mould-blown glass, casting, slumping, fusing and use of colour will be explained and described with the aid of information sheets. If students show competence, and at the discretion of the teacher, participants will be able to use the furnace for their own blown glass work at a later stage or, continue their creative journey by registering for more advanced techniques.

Mon 11th & Tue 12th April 2016
Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 4 Cost: €210

These two-day workshops are designed for artists or crafts makers interested in exploring the creative potential of hot glass. Without any, or limited, previous experience participants will first be acquainted with a short history of the medium and the different equipment, tools and safety practices used in the hot glass studio. Operational procedures for using the electric furnace will be followed by practical gathering of hot-glass and the formation of simple shapes and forms using the blowing technique. Further finishing of work is carried out on the 'pontil' and finally transferred to the annealing oven. Towards the end of the course a general survey of more advanced techniques including flame-working, cold-working, mould-blown glass, casting, slumping, fusing and use of colour will be explained and described with the aid of information sheets. If students show competence, and at the discretion of the teacher, participants will be able to use the furnace for their own blown glass work at a later stage or, continue their creative journey by registering for more advanced techniques.

Sat 9th to Tue 12th April 2016
Improvers Evening Glassblowing Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid – Sat & Sun 6-9pm
Louise Rice – Mon & Tue 6-9pm
Duration: 3 hours. Participants: 3 Cost: €80

An evening of glassblowing for people who have completed a Beginners Workshop.

Wed 13th April 2016
Improvers One-day Glassblowing Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid
Duration: 1 Day Participants: 4 Cost: €120

A day of glassblowing for people who have completed a Beginners Workshop.

Fri 15th to Sun 17th April 2016
Hot Glass Casting Into Zircar Moulds Workshop
Tutor: Keith Seybert. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €220

This three-day course will introduce you to the potential of Zircar; this 'space-age' mould material exhibits excellent surface reproduction with an optical finish. Molten glass can be poured directly into 'light weight' porous moulds with no need for "gating & venting". You will have the opportunity to ladle glass straight from the furnace and pour into preheated sculptural moulds. This is the most 'cutting edge' mould method for hot-casting your own solid sculptural forms in glass. No experience required. Students come with: Participants will bring wax objects to use in the moulding process. Appropriate footwear is a must: leather boots preferred, leather shoes acceptable.

Mon 18th April
Sand Casting with Hot Glass Workshop 2016
Trainer: Keith Seybert. Duration: 1 Day. Participants: 6. Cost: €140

This course will introduce you to the potential of molten glass as a creative material through the process of "Hot" casting into sand moulds. You will have the opportunity to ladle glass straight from the furnace and pour into prepared "open faced" sand moulds made with found and sculpted objects. This is the most direct method to create your own solid sculptural forms in glass. No previous glass working experience required and all materials are provided. Feel free to bring in your own objects to press in the sand. Appropriate footwear is a must: leather boots preferred, leather shoes acceptable; No open toed shoes or sandals!

Sat 7th & Sun 8th May 2016
High Definition Digital Projection Workshop
Tutor: Dave Spence. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 4. Cost: €100

This two-day course concentrates on High Definition (HD) work that includes stills and moving image preparation with a keen focus on resolution levels/high quality print ready images and video presentation.
Day one will involve the collection, preparation and creation of materials for creating various presentational and input formats (i.e. Scanners, digital cameras, CGI) using Photoshop CS5, Studio Pro suite (FCP 5), and saving to appropriate formats. 
Day two will look at the various presentation output requirements and the matching of the core material to meet the end purpose. This will include setting up the high definition projector and exploring various presentation formats as well as options for developing digital print.
Participants need basic IT skills and may be beginners or have some prior knowledge of digital image presentation. Students should come with prepared materials that will include video footage and/or digital photographic files as well as their digital cameras.

Sat 7th & Sun 8th May 2016
Stone Lettercutting Workshop
Tutor: Seamus Dunbar. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €150

Cutting inscriptions in stone is an important part of the stone-carvers craft that has been elevated to an art form in its own right. This module teaches calligraphic and typographic design in combination with precise sculptural skills. Participants will learn to identify and understand the tools required for stone cut lettering, gain an appreciation of basic letter proportions and layout and a will cut a name or short inscription (12 characters) in stone. Students come with: sketchpad and basic drawing/writing materials. They should think about a monogram, name or (very) short inscription. Bring sturdy boots. Beginners to intermediate.

Sat 14th & Sun 15th May 2016
Digital Portfolio Development & Presentation Workshop
Tutor: Christine Mackey. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5 Cost: €100

The need to provide dynamic and professional presentations of ones creative work has never been greater. This two day intensive course will develop portfolio presentations skills that utilise image ready stills with text and design layout. It will concentrate on the creative and alternative layout of digital material through in-design and Photoshop applications and how to make the work ready for portfolio presentation (both for projection and screen-based viewing) PDF print-ready, Wordpress or other social platform using PDF links. Participants will obtain invaluable IT skills and be able to command effective use of colour, typography/text, imagery and design layout to create effective portfolio layouts and presentations using industry standard software. The course will provide artists and all makers with the ability and confidence to determine appropriate and successful designs for their individual work and to have these ready for presentation in a variety of professional contexts (i.e. via portfolios, professional public presentations, applications, talks, flyers, brochures or catalogues). Participants need to have basic it skills and come with the following materials: artists statements, various descriptions of work, short biography or cv and up to 10 good quality digital images of work with descriptions.

Sat 14th & Sun 15th May 2016
Techniques For Ceramic/Pot Construction Workshop
Tutor: Ross Cochrane/Bettina Seitz. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5. Cost: €210

This course will teach a series of hand-building techniques for the construction of sculptural forms in clay, including coil-building, slab-building and solid modelling in clay using removable armatures and techniques for hollowing out work in preparation for ceramic firing. You will have a basic knowledge of the ceramic process through samples and practical demonstrations under the tuition of the artist. Beginners to intermediate.

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd May 2016
Techniques For Ceramic/Clay Sculpture Workshop
Tutor: Ross Cochrane/Bettina Seitz. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5. Cost: €210

An in depth exploration of various ceramic /clay hand building techniques for constructing more challenging and larger forms with detailed information on various types of clays, tools, decorating techniques and the ceramic process in general. Previous experience or prior attendance of basic /intermediate course is essential.

Sat 28th – Sun 29th May 2016
Wood Construction Workshop
Tutor: David Spence. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €190

The aim of this workshop is to make either a workbench/banker or a treadle lathe from working drawings. This includes complex jointing, de-constructive jointing with mixed materials, understanding the requirements for exterior wood products and the safe use of hazardous chemicals. Students come with: sturdy boots.

Sat 4th to Mon 6th June 2016
Stone Carving: Introduction to Stone Conservation Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €230

This module is open to those with some experience in stone carving and those with a special interest in stone conservation. Students will be introduced to the principles of design for stone and the basic principles of stone conservation. Each student will bring a design in the form of a model and /or drawing that can be free form or an architectural feature to carve. Assistance will be available for specific projects with advance notice. Students come with: sturdy boots. Beginners to intermediate.

Sat 4th & Sun 5th June 2016
Portfolio Design And Information Technology Workshop
Tutor: Ciaran Clancy. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5. Cost: €100

Complementing PD1 this course provides a complete, concise and user friendly approach enabling students to develop IT skills and command effective use of colour, typography, imagery and production skills to create effective design layouts using industry standard software. It provides students with the ability and confidence to determine appropriate and successful designs. They will develop IT skills using Mac or PC and collate photographs as documentation and imagery from scans, cameras and use in basic Computer File Management. It will provide a basic understanding of Graphic Design/Website Design/Marketing including social media. Help layout of biography, statement, portfolio, flyer, brochure, and catalogue. Set up a website blog/social and make use of Free useful online resources. Students come with: Laptop (if possible), sample hard copies and/or on laptop of artist statement/biog/cv, sample portfolio.

Sat 11th- Sun 12th June 2016
Traditional Print Screen-printing Workshop
Tutor: Deirdre Nolan. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €180

The weekend introduction to screen-printing for beginners is perfect for those wishing to get a feel for the basic methods in screen-printing. The class will cover photo stencilling; how to produce screen-prints from any black-and-white photographic or hand drawn imagery - created by using various opaque materials which produce different effects on a transparent overlay such as acetate, tracing paper, or oiled paper which is then exposed over the emulsion-coated screen with a light source containing ultraviolet light. Colour layering and registration will also be covered. Beginners. Students come with: black and white photographic or hand drawn imagery for screen-printing.

Sat 11th- Sun 12th June 2016
Landscape Painting Workshop
Tutor: Mary T. Keown. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €160

This course includes an introductory lecture on artist's own work then the group will collect images for their landscapes during a trip to Glenfarne wood. The images will be processed in Digital media and then used as source for abstracted landscapes.
Day 1 also includes preparation of canvases in readiness for painting on day 2, where the participant is encouraged to experiment with degrees of abstraction. Students should come with digital camera and appropriate clothing.

Sat 18th- Sun 19th June 2016
Artist Bookbinding Workshop
Tutor: Vanya Lambrecht Ward. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €150

Participants of this bookbinding weekend will get a broad introduction of the constructing of a book, showing and using a variety of materials and binding techniques over the two days. Two binding techniques (Coptic and Stab stitch) will be further demonstrated and tried out to form a basis for further exploration. While most materials will be provided, participants are advised to bring some basic tools – a precision knife (or other blade cutter), good quality scissors, a nice (hard) pencil and a ruler. Participants are also invited to bring along any drawings and prints for binding and any specialized papers of fabrics they want to experiment with.

Sat 18th- Sun 19th June 2016
Glazing And Firing For Ceramic Sculpture Workshop
Tutor: Ross Cochrane or Bettina Seitz. Duration: 1 Day. Participants: 8. Cost: €190

In this course participants will learn basic information about the processes of biscuit and glaze firing ceramic pieces and how to use metal oxides and glazes for decoration and surface finishes in ceramic sculpture and more functional ware. Tutors: Ross Cochrane or Bettina Seitz. Intermediate and Advance.

Sat 25 - Sun 26 June 2016
Jewellery Making And Small Scale Metal Fabrication Workshop
Tutor: Fiona Mulholland & Soraya Ricalde. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5. Cost: €160

This jewellery and small-scale metal/mixed media fabrication course will be an opportunity to work in precious and non-precious materials. The course will explore a wide variety of jewellery making techniques in metal and including other materials such as acrylic and re-cycled will be facilitated. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning basic jewellery techniques and for those with some prior knowledge who want to improve existing skills.
The course covers essential techniques such as metal preparation/manipulation, soldering, forming, piercing, small hollow form construction including some basic surface textures such as metal hammering, mill-roll printing, and enamelling. Students will work through the design and execution of a piece/s of j7 and/or small-scale metal works with technical guidance. Materials such as copper sheet & wire, silver sheet & wire will be supplied. Students should come with sketchbooks and source material for design ideas.

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th July 2016
Workshop In Vernacular Carpentry
Tutor: Niall Walsh. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €160

Participants will use locally sourced hazel and willow to construct simple stools and benches. Walsh will lead the group through the process of locating the raw materials and using hand tools to make furniture in the style of the 'cottage' tradition. This is a workshop in sustainability and will outline how the skill taught can be used to make a range of furniture and forms from the locality. Students come with: sturdy boots for walking in the wood.

Sat 30th July to Mon 1st August 2016
Stone Carving Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 7. Cost: €180

Students will be introduced to the principles of stone carving and design, the identification and uses of different stone and the use of hand tools. Each student will design and carve a simple form that they can take home with them. Students should come with sturdy boots. For beginners to intermediate.

Sat 30th & Sun 31st July 2016
Reproduction Moulding For Artists & Architects Workshop
Tutor: Keith Alan Seybert. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €260

For reproducing objects -first in rubber moulds which may then be used for cold-casting using for example concrete, plaster, resin etc. or for generating a wax ready for refractory investment at later date. This workshop will cover a variety of reproduction mould making techniques, from traditional multi-part plaster moulds, Dental Alginate, Cheap plumber's silicone sealant moulds, up to and including fibre glass backed silicone rubber production moulds. These primary reproduction moulds will then be used to make multiple positives including some waxes. The resultant waxes can be used to facilitate an investigation of refractory mould making materials and techniques that have been proved most effective in casting both metal and glass via the "lost wax" process. Students come with an object from which to make a mould. For beginners and Intermediate levels.

Mon 1st to Wed 3rd August 2016
Refractory Mouldmaking For Kiln Cast Glass & Bronze Casting Workshop
Tutor: Keith Alan Seybert. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €260

This in depth workshop covers the theory and techniques used in hot casting either bronze or glass. Tips for wax working, (pour cups, spewing, gating, and venting) investment type refractory mould construction approaches (face-coats {brush on & splash}, Roman or Italian hand built, cores and poured monolithic) will be discussed with an aim towards enabling participants to "customize" their approach to fit their vision. A range of Primary model materials will be demonstrated, principally wax, working through to the final refractory mould. A one-day pour is then organized for a later date for casting in hot metal or glass. Participants need to come with a wax positive or rubber mould. This can be made in the "Reproduction Moulding for Artists & Architects workshop". Previous experience of clay, wax, or plasterwork is helpful. Sketchbook and notebook is useful. For Intermediate level.

Sat 6th - Sun 7th August 2016
Welding Workshop
Tutor: Michael O'Hara. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5 Cost: €200

The module was designed to introduce the student to Metal Crafts, which they can apply to their own requirements. Introduction to cutting and grinding techniques and uses of hacksaw; files; drills; hammers; grinders; chop-saw; sanders. Demonstrated competence in MMA/Arc welding including different weld joints – butt weld, lap weld and T-fillet. Students also attempt similar joints through the TIG welding process. They are shown how to measure and cut steel accurately. Focused upon working through projects set and realizing ideas from concept, design and articulation. Students come with: sturdy boots. Beginners to intermediate

Sat 13th - Sun 14th August 2016
Blacksmithing Workshop
Tutor: Michael Budd Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €150

This course teaches you basic forging techniques to create sculptural forms. Students come with: sturdy boots. Beginners.

Sat 20th - Sun 21th August 2016
Traditional Printmaking: Etching Workshop
Tutor: Deirdre Nolan. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €150

This course will provide an introduction to etching and is suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience who would like to refresh their knowledge and improve their basic skills. Basic etching techniques including dry-point, etching using soft and hard ground will be covered. Students will experiment with both aluminium and copper. For beginners to intermediate.

Sat 20th - Sun 21th August 2016
Tool Making And Tempering Forge Workshop
Tutor: Seamus Dunbar And Jonathan Ball. Duration: 2 Days Participants: 6. Cost: €150

This course combines the crafts of the carver and the smith. Participants will be introduced to the Blacksmith's tools and equipment, basic forging techniques. It will show you how to source and recognize appropriate steel and understand different patterns of stone carving tools and their application. Participants will make their own basic kit of hand tools. Students come with: sturdy boots.

Sat 27th August 2016
Bronze Pour for participants of Mouldmaking Workshops
Tutor: Keith Alan Seybert. Duration: 1 Day. Participants: 8. Cost: €310

Students from refractory mouldmaking and those with existing moulds ready to be poured are brought together for different Bronze Pour days. Techniques in preparing moulds and pouring hot bronze are demonstrated and the safe operation of the bronze furnace and cooling and opening casts is covered. Moulds need to be at LSC at least two days before to be burnt our ready for the pour. Students come with: sturdy boots.

Sun 28th August 2016
Patination and Finishing of Metal Workshop
Tutor: Keith Seybert. Duration: 1 Day. Cost: €130

Participants will learn safe effective cold-working procedure: cutting, grinding, carving, polishing, hand lapping, and sand blasting. Many helpful "tricks" and time saving "short cuts" will be demonstrated as applicable to this arduous, yet gratifying, process. Significant texts on patination of copper based metals will be made available for reference and discussion. Some basic patinas will be demonstrated. Please come with wellies and rain gear. If you have one, bring a bronze object for patinating.

Sat 27th & Sun 28th August 2016
Images On Glass - Print And Glass Workshop
Tutor: Alison Lowry. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €220

By combining the silk-screening procedure with multiple print runs (a different run for each colour), it is possible to create elaborate and multi-coloured works of art. By using glass enamels instead of traditional screen-printing paints, it's possible to use the screen-printing process to print on glass. In this in-depth and informative two-day master-class you will learn how to create images on glass using screen-printing and other image transfer methods. No experience is necessary. Participants should come with a selection of black and white imagery. Original line drawings, text, or maps etc. will work best. Please do not bring images downloaded from the internet as they are generally pixelated. Remember to dress for mess!

Sat 10th & 11th September 2016
Sand Casting In Aluminium Workshop
Tutor: Kate Oram. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €160

Discover the ancient technique of sandcasting, see examples of what you can make, learn how to make a master pattern and then cast it in aluminium and then how to finish it. Advice on suitable patterns (flat-backed or two-part, with no undercuts) will be emailed to you. Everyday and found objects (bones, shells, nuts, household items) can lend themselves nicely to moulding, as well as your original sculpted patterns. You will be working with aluminium all weekend but working with other metals such as bronze will be discussed. Students come with: sturdy boots, a simple pattern (no undercuts). Beginners to intermediate.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd October 2016
Modelling The Head In Clay - From Life Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Participant: 6 Cost: €160

This module is open to beginners and those with some experience in clay modelling.
Students will learn to make an armature and model a head in clay from life.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th November 2016
Traditional Print Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Workshop
Tutor: Debra Bowden. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €150

Japanese woodblock printmaking is an ancient art form dating back to the 8th century. This beautiful technique of carving and printing from woodblocks is a non-toxic technique which uses watercolours and water based inks. The fine structure of Japanese papers enables hand burnishing with a baren (bamboo pad) instead of using a printing press.
This two day workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience who would like to refresh their knowledge and improve their basic skills. Students will learn how to carve and print an edition of colour prints (maximum size: 23 x 15 cm) using the Japanese registration method of 'Kento'. Colours are printed in stages using the reduction block method (the block is carved appropriately for each colour). Students come with: students are asked to bring visual ideas in the form of drawings, photographs etc.

Sat 12th & Sun 13th November 2016
Mouldmaking & Plaster Casting Of Head Workshop
(Stage 2 after participants have done the Modelling The Head In Clay Workshop)
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Participant: 6 Cost: €140

Students will be shown different ways to make plaster moulds (two/three piece) from which they will take hollow plaster casts. Examples of plaster cast finishes will be demonstrated.

Sat 12th & Sun 13th November 2016
Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Louise Rice. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 4 Cost: €210

These two-day workshops are designed for artists or crafts makers interested in exploring the creative potential of hot glass. Without any, or limited, previous experience participants will first be acquainted with a short history of the medium and the different equipment, tools and safety practices used in the hot glass studio. Operational procedures for using the electric furnace will be followed by practical gathering of hot-glass and the formation of simple shapes and forms using the blowing technique. Further finishing of work is carried out on the 'pontil' and finally transferred to the annealing oven. Towards the end of the course a general survey of more advanced techniques including flameworking, cold-working, mould-blown glass, casting, slumping, fusing and use of colour will be explained and described with the aid of information sheets. If students show competence, and at the discretion of the teacher, participants will be able to use the furnace for their own blown glass work at a later stage or, continue their creative journey by registering for more advanced techniques.

Mon 14th & Tue 15th November 2016
Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 4 Cost: Cost: €210

These two-day workshops are designed for artists or crafts makers interested in exploring the creative potential of hot glass. Without any, or limited, previous experience participants will first be acquainted with a short history of the medium and the different equipment, tools and safety practices used in the hot glass studio. Operational procedures for using the electric furnace will be followed by practical gathering of hot-glass and the formation of simple shapes and forms using the blowing technique. Further finishing of work is carried out on the 'pontil' and finally transferred to the annealing oven. Towards the end of the course a general survey of more advanced techniques including flameworking, cold-working, mould-blown glass, casting, slumping, fusing and use of colour will be explained and described with the aid of information sheets. If students show competence, and at the discretion of the teacher, participants will be able to use the furnace for their own blown glass work at a later stage or, continue their creative journey by registering for more advanced techniques.

Sat 12th to Tue 15th November 2016
Improvers Evening Glassblowing Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid – Sat & Sun 6-9pm
Louise Rice – Mon & Tue 6-9pm
Duration: 3 hours. Participants: 3 Cost: €80

An evening of glassblowing for people who have completed a Beginners Workshop.

Wed 16th November 2016
Improvers Day-long Glassblowing Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid
Duration: 1 Day Participants: 4 Cost: €120

A day of glassblowing for people who have completed a Beginners Workshop.

Fri 18th to Sun 20th November 2016
Hot Glass Casting Into Zircar Moulds Workshop
Tutor: Keith Seybert. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €220

This three-day course will introduce you to the potential of Zircar; this 'space-age' mould material exhibits excellent surface reproduction with an optical finish. Molten glass can be poured directly into 'light weight' porous moulds with no need for "gating & venting". You will have the opportunity to ladle glass straight from the furnace and pour into preheated sculptural moulds. This is the most 'cutting edge' mould method for hot-casting your own solid sculptural forms in glass. No experience required. Students come with: Participants will bring wax objects to use in the moulding process. Appropriate footwear is a must: leather boots preferred, leather shoes acceptable.

Mon 21st November 2016
Sand Casting with Hot Glass Workshop
Trainer: Keith Seybert. Duration: 1 Day. Participants: 6. Cost: €140

This course will introduce you to the potential of molten glass as a creative material through the process of "Hot" casting into sand moulds. You will have the opportunity to ladle glass straight from the furnace and pour into prepared "open faced" sand moulds made with found and sculpted objects. This is the most direct method to create your own solid sculptural forms in glass. No previous glass working experience required and all materials are provided. Feel free to bring in your own objects to press in the sand. Appropriate footwear is a must: leather boots preferred, leather shoes acceptable; No open toed shoes or sandals!